Brighter, Cleaner, Clearer Skin NigeriaI am feeling pretty proud of myself right now and so decided to write this post real quick. Forgive me if I ramble on a bit.

A few weeks ago, I had to tell myself the truth about my facial skin. It was congested, I had acne and rashes – two things I rarely ever experience. And lastly, my skin was not as bright as it used to be. 

I am a believer in Root Cause Analysis so I asked myself some hard hitting questions using the 5-why methodology. I won’t lead you through my personal process, but pretty much, I found that my face was congested because I have not been eating well AND I had not been taking care of my skin.

Some background.

For years, I had this job where time was really a commodity. I had to be at my desk by 6 a.m and I would close at 6 p.m during which time I had to exercise, read and work on my personal things. In the beginning, I would wake up as early as 5 a.m or 4:45 a.m and get ready properly – cleanse, tone moisturize and if I was feeling extra adventurous, lipstick and or even eyeliner.

Then as my side hustle grew, it became important to spend more time working on Natural Nigerian during the night, after work. Sometimes, as late as 1 a.m. And I still had to be at the office at 6 a.m. I would roll out of bed at 5:40 a.m (okay, most times, 5:45 a.m), have a quick bath and walk to my office which was 5 minutes away. Of course, during that time, there was no such thing as a cleanse, tone, moisturize. Like, what was lipstick? Who was eyeliner? I could go a week without looking in a mirror.

I left that job and made up with my mirror….for a few months. I had heard that working for oneself means long hours but, I never expected the grueling regime that was my lot. It is not uncommon for me to go to bed at 1 a.m and be up at 5 a.m, so things started sliding again. I soon fell into my old habits. Cleanse, tone, moisturize was archived. Along with it, my healthy meals. Dear PHCN was bad for a long time so I was not motivated to cook and store food as I usually would.

I would work until I got ravenously hungry and then I would eat whatever was at hand. Usually at night. And because I hadn’t meal prepped, usually something bad. I don’t even want to go into what that has done to my body.

This had gone on for months and one day, a few weeks ago, I really looked in a mirror. I mean REALLY looked and the face that looked back at me was a stranger’s face. It had pimples in different stages of ripeness, rashes and most disturbing, felt and looked rough. Basically, I felt like I was wearing a mask. The oddest thing is that months went by before I acknowledged that there was a problem.

I gave myself a month to get things under control.

So, what had to change?

Part 1 – Cleaning up my skin

The problems?

  • Rough Skin

    • My skin looked and felt rough. I felt a microdermabrasion was required. I have a PMD (I bought this from America. I don’t know where it is sold in Nigeria) that I just wasn’t using. I’ve started using it again.Personal Microdermabrasion PMD Nigeria
    • I also included an exfoliating active in the lotion I made.
  • Unclean skin.

    • There is no nice way to say this, my face was not as clean as it could be. That is not to say I was not washing/cleaning my face every single day, it just wasn’t as clean as it could be.
    • Clarisonic
      • Proper cleaning. I had been using a facial sponge which worked well enough however, I wasn’t as thorough as I could have been. I decided to go back to my Clarisonic. My routine is to use it once a day. I will alternate between that and the facial sponge.facial_sponges_
  • Dry Skin

    • My skin was crying out for moisture. I decided that just a basic lotion (as I had been using) was not enough. I made two lotions (for day and night) and used all the actives I could to plump my skin and help it retain moisture. I also made myself a toner. A proper toner, for bringing my skin back to its acidic state so that it can thrive.

A bit about the lotions – I pretty much just used the Natural Nigerian Baby Lotion as a base and put actives in it. I won’t list them all here but they included Niacinamide, Caffeine, and Allantoin. And of course the Red Acalypha and Nettle that was already in the lotion.

Natural Nigerian Baby Lotion Red Acalypha and Nettle

Fast forward to 6 days later, after starting a regimen of ensuring that I cleanse, tone and moisturize properly, my skin is looking a lot clearer, brighter and the rashes are about 50% gone. No joke. I am not a believer in quick fixes, but looking at my face today, I was so genuinely surprised at how quickly it recovered that I had to write this post.

Part 2 – Cleaning up my Diet

The second part of what I did was to clear up my diet. It was a crying shame that I did not eat healthy for some time. I am used to it and I quite like it. I had followed the LIN diet for some time (it was one of the products I featured in my Things I am loving post last year). I  which is pretty awesome but I stopped meal prepping when I figured my

I found out that minus the PHCN problem, my freezer was actually bad. Somehow, I had not noticed that it was not cooling as much even when there was electricity. I will have to purchase a new freezer but in the meantime, I moved all my meals to my fridge freezer and as a result, I have been eating healthy all week. I also drank a lot more water than I have in a while. I feel better, my new *cough* bigger gut is slowly receding.

To conclude, I feel that this experience reiterates something I have always known – what you tend will thrive. Honestly, it is that simple. If you look after yourself, you will reap the rewards. If you don’t, you will reap that as well. You may get away with things for a minute but it eventually all catches up with one. And that can be applied to anything in life.

What are you currently struggling with? What steps are you going to make it better?

16 Comments

Angela Ukomadu

Hello NN, long time. This is so me. I was reading and wondering are you sure she didn’t see me somewhere before putting his up? LOL. My face is a huge mess. Huge huge mess. Breakouts everywhere. It is moving to the neck area. It wasn’t like this before. Blackheads. The white ones. Sores from pressing them. I do quite a lot food wise. I am very particular. I even exercise now. Maybe I now need to start cleaning the outside. I will try getting the brushes and all to clean with. But I have never bothered moisturizing my face. It’s so oily. And my head just tells me if it’s this oily, no need to moisturize. Wrong? If wrong what can you recommend on your Ahia? For exfoliation, can you recommend something? Thank you.

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Natural Nigerian

Hey Angela, long time indeed! Oh, boy! Reading through this, I think the first thing you should do is go for a facial. I used to do them every 6 weeks and they are great for setting your face right. Oily skin still needs moisture. You may need an oil-less moisturizer. They exist and I think they will help out. Moisture is important as lotions contain more than just oils and butters. They contain hydrators and in some cases, active ingredients that help skin. You should definitely seek help with an esthetician.

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Ugochi

What you tend will thrive. I absolutely totally agree with you. I find that someone days are better than most. I need to get back to my exercises. Juggling job, side hustle, 3 kids, a hubby and all the insane factors that make living in Nigeria tiring is herculean. What is the LIN diet? Also, lease shed more light on clarisonic.

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Natural Nigerian

I find that that phrase works every time. Hair, skin, nails, relationships, spiritual life. Name it, it works! Well done on the juggling! I wish you strength. LIN diet is Lose It Nigerian written by 9jafoodie. I will update the blog post with links. If you just google Clarisonic, you will be taken to their webpage where they have a lot of information on the product. I will also provide a link in the post.

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Jane

Thanks for the post NN.

This is coming at a time when I am also battling acne and rashes. I just made a vit C serum, which I hope works. Need to get me one of those spin brushes too. Congrats on your success, wish me luck!

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Natural Nigerian

Hey Jane! I wish you luck. You should also look out for something that contains Benzoyl Peroxide. The spin brushes may be too abrasive for you considering the fact that you have acne. With Acne, I know that there should be limited friction on the face. Look at acne.org for more information.

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An Afrikan Butterfly

What you tend will thrive <3
Going to write this one down.
My skin is finally coming under control, thanks to a better diet and the consistency in my mostly natural skin care regimen.

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Natural Nigerian

Hey AB, it is indeed worth writing down. Whenever I remember to live by this principles, I find that I (or whatever I am paying particular attention to) positively thrive.
Yay, for your skin. Here’s hoping things keep on the up and up!

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Nedoux

Hello NN,

Lol @ Who was eyeliner? XD

This is the story of my life now. I feel as though 24 hours a day is barely enough, talk less of fitting a skincare routine into an already time-starved day.

My skin is suffering for it, http://www.breakout.com . Ah, I have to get back to a diligent day and night time routine. Simple cleanse, tone and moisturise. The basics.

Thank you for sharing this.

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Natural Nigerian

Hey Nedu,

I know exactly what you mean! We are going to have to find the time for these things. I do wonder about the things that are more insidious. Things we do not feel slipping or suffering until it is too late.

I’ll be cheering you on as you get back on track! It is very much needed.

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Ijeoma nwosu

Hi NN , I love reading articles on your blog. What you said about not eating healthy is so true. Will learn how to prep healthy meals.

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Nse

Dear NN,
i know you probably will pay me no mind (yes its me who you know!) but i want that special day and night lotion you prepared for yourself and i will not take ‘no’ for an answer. i will hound you till you give in!! and the toner too! and yes we have the same skin type… no excuses there! lemme know where n when to pick it up.
love,
Nse

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Bella

Right at my address, I went through this exactly yesterday…I’d been working so much ,I ignored myself…part of why I came here was to get my hair oils. Sigh! My face is a mess…Gotta get back on eating clean.

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